August 13, 2012 05:00:32am
The earliest series to have the majority of their episodes kept
"Admiral Broadway Revue" - 18 surviving episodes out of 19 produced. This popular yet short lived series aired on both NBC and DuMont, and consisting of dancing, music, comedy sketches, and lots of parody. Surviving episodes range from January 1949 to June 1949.
"The Morey Amsterdam Show" - Approx 71 surviving DuMont episodes (1949-1950, though some sources say 73 survive), though the CBS version is largely lost with only 4 surviving episodes (1948-1949). Variety and comedy series.
"Let There Be Stars" - Very short lived varity series that lasted about 2 months in 1949, aired on ABC. 5 of the episodes survive, while another survives as a "rehearsal kinescope".
"Crusade in Europe" - About 26 episodes survive (how many were made) of this 1949 WW2 documentary series which is probably unwatchable propaganda now.
"The Life of Riley" - Not exactly the best sitcom of early television, but it does feature Jackie Gleason. All 26 episodes survive of this 1949-1950, but the copies which circulate are crappy syndication prints. Aired on NBC.
"The Ed Wynn Show" - Short-lived yet fun series which aired 1949-1950 on CBS. Presumed to survive intact.
"Your Show Time" - 25 episodes survive of this 1949 television series, out of the 26 that were produced. One of the first dramatic series to be produced directly on film.
There are probably others, but I don't know their names.
This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2012-08-13 12:00:32